By Wesley Coburn
The Beggs Demons (13-1 overall, 6-0 in 3A-6) are back in the state championship game for the first time in forty years.
They defeated the Sulphur Bulldogs (12-2, 6-0 3A-4) 37-28 Friday night at Edmond Santa Fe High School’s Wolves Stadium.
After an exchange of punts, junior quarterback Dalton Spring threw a 23-yard touchdown pass to senior receiver E.J. Smoot with 2:53 left in the opening quarter to put the Demons on the scoreboard first, but 57 seconds later Sulphur scored on a seven-yard TD run, and the Bulldogs went ahead 7-6 after the extra point kick.
The Bulldogs pounced on a loose ball in Demon territory and turned it into a 13-yard scoring run with 10:19 to go in the second quarter, but Beggs regained momentum by blocking the extra point. Thirty seconds later Spring scored on a one-yard sneak, and the Demons went ahead 18-13 after Smoot’s eight-yard run with 5:14 left until halftime. Sulphur answered with a 68-yard run and two-point conversion, and the halftime score was Sulphur 21-18.
The Demon defense forced Sulphur into a turnover on downs deep into the third quarter, and two plays later Spring found Smoot for an 83-yard TD pass, only for Sulphur to regain a 28-24 lead on a 17-yard run. But with five seconds left in the quarter, Spring found a receiver in the end zone to go ahead 30-28.
Beggs’ defense stopped the Sulphur offense on fourth down early in the fourth quarter, and with 6:26 to play Spring threw a 53-yard TD to JR WR Shaidan Jordan, and the extra point was good. The game was sealed on a fourth-down sack by JR linebacker T.J. Austin with four minutes to go, as Beggs won 37-28.
The Demons’ opponents next weekend in the Class 3A title game will be the Oklahoma City Marshall Bears, who defeated the Jones Longhorns 29-26 in the other semifinal. The 1975 Demons won the Class A title 21-0 over OKC Millwood.
The game will be played at Stillwater High School’s Pioneer Stadium on Friday, December 8, at 7 p.m. For those unable to attend, it will be broadcast on KOKL 1240 AM.